What Are The 802.11 Wireless Standards?

Having a wireless network established and running is not as straightforward as one might assume. There are various intricacies involved in the process beginning with the wireless standards (Wifi technology). Before building a solid, effective networking system, it is important to compare the different wireless standards with each other. This piece will discuss the various types and what each has to offer.



This is the first wireless standard and has a unique range of pros and cons. Let’s take a look at these negatives and positives.

The positive aspects of 802.11a technology revolves around the speed being offered. Among the different wireless standards, this has the fastest maximum speed. The chances of the frequency being interfered with are slim to none. These frequencies are built to remain flawless as required by the network.

The negative aspects include the cost involved with 802.11a. This is one of the more expensive wireless standards because of its speed and quality. The signal can be obstructed by walls because of the higher frequency that is involved.


Let’s move onto the next type of wireless standard.

The 802.11b wireless standard’s positives begin with its cost. This has the lowest cost for administrators wishing to remain below their financial budget. 802.11b also offers networks with the ability to have a high-quality signal range that will not be obstructed by walls as easily.

The negatives for 802.11b begin with the speed. As expected, there has to be a little sacrifice when the cost is low. The speed is what takes the greatest hit and this can be frustrating in some situations. As the frequency is not as high, the chances of home appliances chopping in and out with the wireless standard is not an exciting prospect for most. While walls will be avoided, home appliances will cause issues.


The third wireless standard is 802.11g. This has its own sets of pros and cons.

The positives for 802.11g begin with speed. This is right on par with 802.11a, which is quite substantial for networks looking to have blazing fast speeds on a constant basis. Another positive is that the signal is not easily obstructed.

The negatives begin with the cost. Just like 802.11a, this is more expensive than 802.11b. If one’s financial budget is tight, this will not be an easy pill to swallow. Small appliances can cause issues with the frequency, as well.


The final wireless standard is 802.11n. Let’s take a look at its pros and cons.

This is the newest standard and its positives begin with signal range. This has the best signal range among all of the wireless standards being offered. The chances of seeing any signal interference are slim to none. This is a strong signal and can handle external forces.

The negatives begin with standard still being a work in progress. It is slowly being implemented around the world and has a few kinks. The issues also revolve around cost. It is an expensive option because of how new it is.

Concluding Thoughts

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802.11 abgn

Each wireless standards has its own specificity. It is important to note down the main aspects of each before setting up a network.

Read more about IEEE 802.11 from Wikipedia!

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